The Butte Sports Hall of Fame announced the 2013 inductees today at a press conference at the Butte Civic Center.
Hall of Fame Chairman Pat Kearney announced the election of 11 individuals and eight teams in front of a large crowd that included many members of the local shrine, which inducted its first members in 1987.
This year’s class includes Todd Ericson, Jim Janhunen, Tami Mathewson, Dave McDougall, Jim Michelotti, Tim Mueller, Josh Paffhausen, Wayne Paffhausen, Dick Roche, Dan Ueland and Dick Wilson.
The Paffhausens are the second father-child combination inducted into the Hall of Fame. Jim Hanley and his daughter Shawna went into the shrine in 2003.
The Paffhausens were at the ceremony, as were Michelotti, Mueller, Ueland and Roche.
The teams that will be inducted are the 1984 Butte High wrestling team, 1984 Butte Central boys’ basketball team, 1984 Butte High boys’ basketball team, 1984 Butte High girls’ golf team, 1985 Butte High girls’ track team, 1985 Butte High wrestling team, 1985 Butte High girls’ golf team and the 1913-41 Butte champions in the Independent Football League.
The class will officially be inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame in June.
Following is a rundown of this year’s inductees.
He was an outstanding all-around athlete at Butte High. Ericson two-year starter in football at Butte High earning first team All-State honors both years. In basketball, he was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs in 1988 and 1989 earning first team All-State honors both years. Todd was only the fifth Butte High athlete to be picked for that honor in basketball in back-to-back seasons. Ericson became only the eight Butte High athlete to be selected first team All-State in two sports in one season. He went on to play football at the University of Montana. Todd was picked first team All-Big Sky Conference as a safety twice in 1991 and 1992. He also wore the Grizzlies fabled “37” for three seasons.
He was a standout all-around athlete at Butte High and Montana State in the 1970s. Janhunen competed in football, basketball and track at Butte High earning six varsity letters. He was a two-year starter in football for the Bulldogs in 1973 and 1974. In track, Janhunen won the triple jump at the 1975 state meet with a leap of 44 feet 2 1/2 inches. He was the first Bulldogs’ athlete to ever win the triple jump at the state meet. Jim went to Montana State where he played football for the Bobcats. Janhunen was a starting free safety on the 1976 Montana State team that won the national championship.
She was an outstanding track athlete at Butte Central and Butte High in the 1980s. Mathewson competed at Butte Central her freshmen year. She won four individual gold medals at the 1986 state track meet to lead the Maroons to a third place finish with 25.5 points. In her sophomore year, in 1987, she transferred to Butte High. She was a member of the 1987 Lady Bulldogs’ state championship team. She took the 100-meter dash finals at the state meet in a time of 12.60 seconds. In 1988 and 1989, she won the long jump at the state meet. Overall, she won seven individual gold medals at state meets plus was on a state title relay team. Following her prep career, Mathewson competed in track at the University of Washington.
He was a standout runner competing in cross country and track for Butte Central in the 1970s. McDougal ran cross country three year from 1971-73. In all three years, the Maroons won the state championship. In 1971, he placed at the state meet Dave won the state cross country championship in both 1972 and 1973 as the Maroons again won the state title. In track, McDougall helped the Maroons to win their first-ever divisional track championship in 1973. In the state meet, he won the one and two-mile runs as Butte Central placed second at the state meet. In 1974, McDougall again led the Maroons to another divisional track title. At the state meet, he won the two-mile race McDougal won five gold medals overall in cross country and track, the most ever by a Butte Central athlete. Following his prep days, McDougall competed in track and cross country at the University of Montana.
He was elected into the Hall of Fame as a contributor. He was instrumental in the development of the Knights of Columbus sports photo display. Michelotti put in hundreds of hours with that display. He also developed a web page for the Butte Sports Hall of Fame while serving on the committee. Jim served as a coach for YMCA youth basketball and also Little League baseball. After graduating for Carroll College Michelotti served as an assistant football coach at Butte Central.
He was a standout pitcher for the Butte Miners’ American Legion baseball team in the 1970s. During his three years, the Miners made it to the state tournament twice in 1974 and 1976. In his first start as a 16-year old, Mueller beat Sheridan, Wyoming, a defending state champion. In 1976, Mueller won nine straight games to lead Butte to the state tournament. He pitched a no-hitter against Helena striking out 18 batters. Mueller tied a state American Legion record when he struck out 25 batters in a win against Anaconda. Mueller tied a record set by Dave McNally in a 1960 win over Butte. He also struck out 24 batters in a win over Miles City. Tim was drafted in the 8th round of the 1977 draft by the Chicago Cubs, but elected to stay in school. Mueller went on to play two years at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. Mueller went on to play baseball at Washington State.
He was an outstanding all-around athlete who competed in football, basketball and track for Butte High in the 1990s. Paffhausen was a two-year starting quarterback at Butte High. He led the Bulldogs to the 1991 state championship. Josh was named the Class AA Offensive Player of the Year. During the season, Paffahusen threw for 24 touchdown passes, 117 completed passes for 1,941 yards and 2,746 total yards all school records. both school records. In his senior year of 1992, Josh was again selected first team All-State and was the Class AA Offensive Player of the Year despite the fact he played on a team with a 3-7 record. In track, Paffhausen won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.05 at the 1992 state meet. Josh had a banner year in 1993, his senior year. He won the 300-meter low hurdles at the state meet with a state record of 38.09. Paffhausen also took the triple jump with a leap of 46’ 1/4”. Following his prep career, Josh played football at the Montana Grizzlies. Paffhausen was a member of the 1995 Grizzlies’ national championship team.
He was elected in the Veterans’ Division by the individual members of the Butte Sports Hall of Fame. Paffhausen was an outstanding all-around athlete at Butte High in the 1960s. Paffhausen earned seven varsity letters at Butte High: three in track, two in football and two in basketball. Wayne was a starting running back on two Butte High football teams that won back-to-back state championships in 1960 and 1961. The 1961 football team rushed for 2,337 yards the second most in school history. Paffhausen was picked first team All-State by AP in football in 1961. He went to Seattle to play football for the Washington Huskies in 1962 and 1963. A neck injury cut short his college career.
He was elected in the Veterans’ Division by the individual members of the Butte Sports Hall of Fame. He was a standout athlete for Butte Central. He was an excellent quarterback on the Butte Central football team in 1952 and 1953. In 1953, he led the Maroons to the state title game and also helped the Maroons beat Butte High for the first time in 28 years. He was selected first team All-State following the 1953 season. Dick competed in track for the Maroons. He won the one-mile run at the 1954 state track meet. Dick became the first Maroons’ athlete ever to win the one-mile run at the state track meet. Only one other Maroons’ runner Dave McDougal in 1973 has won the one-mile race at the state track meet.
He was a standout football player at Butte Central and Montana State in the 1970s. Dan was a starting guard and linebacker on the Maroons’ 1971 and 1972 state championship teams. He was named first team All-State both ways in both 1971 and 1972. Ueland was the only offensive linemen selected unanimously first team All-State. Ueland was also a good wrestler for the Maroons. He placed third at the state tournament in both 1972 and 1973. Ueland ran track for the Maroons from 1970-1972. Dan played for the West team in the 1973 Shrine game. He was the only competitor who started both ways. After his prep days, Ueland played linebacker for Montana State. He was a starter on the 1976 Montana State team that won the National Championship.
He was a standout all-around athlete at Butte High in the 1960s. Wilson was the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback in football in 1963 and 1964. Wilson led the Bulldogs to the state championship with the team going unbeaten. He was selected first team All-State following the season. Dick also played three years of basketball for the Bulldogs. In 1964, he led the team in scoring with 327 points The next year Wilson again led the Bulldogs in scoring with 403 points. For his career, Dick had 731 points for a 15.2 points a game average. His 15.2 points a game for a career tied him with Don Rae as the top scorer all-time at Butte High. Following his prep career, Wilson went on to compete in football at the University of Utah.
1984 Butte High wrestling team
The 1984 Butte High Bulldogs won the Class AA state wrestling title in Havre. The Bulldogs scored 184 1/2 points to easily beat second-place Missoula Big Sky by 23 1/2 points. It was Butte High’s fifth straight state championship. The Bulldogs place ten of their twelve wrestling into the final night of competition. The Bulldogs were coached by Jim Street.
1984 Butte Central boys’ basketball team
The 1984 Butte Central Maroons won the Class A state title beating Billings Central 76-73 in overtime at the Butte Civic Center. The Maroons beat Hardin 80-77 and Laurel 76-70 earlier in the tournament. Butte Central took the Western A Divisional Tournament edging Whitefish 61-55 in the finals. In addition, Butte Central won the regular season Western A crown. They are the only boys’ basketball team in school history to win the league, divisional and state championships all in one season. The Maroons posted a 21-3 record. The Maroons were led by Coach Pat Prendergast.
1984 Butte High boys’ basketball team
The 1984 Butte High Bulldogs won the Class AA state title beating Great Falls 53-50 in the title game played at the University of Montana in Missoula. The Bulldogs beat Missoula Hellgate 69-53 and Missoula Big Sky 64-59 earlier in the tournament. It was the Bulldogs first state basketball title in 26 years, dating back to 1958. They are the only state basketball championship club at Butte High in the last 55 years. The Bulldogs posted a 19-5 record for the year. The club was led by Coach Pat Foley.
1984 Butte High girls’ golf team
The 1984 Butte High girls’ golf team won the Class AA state title at the Fairmont Hot Springs Golf Course. The Lady Bulldogs finished two days of play with a score of 578. They beat the host Anaconda Copperheads by nine strokes to take the title. It was Butte High’s first-ever state golf championship. The team was coached by Ed Yeo.
1984 Butte High girls’ track team
The 1984 Butte High girls’ track team won the Class AA state title at Bulldog Memorial Stadium in Butte. The Lady Bulldogs scored 38 points at the state meet to tie Great Falls Russell for first place. Both teams were declared state champions. It was the Lady Bulldogs first state title in track. The team was coached by Pete Schonsberg.
1985 Butte High wrestling team
The 1985 Butte High Bulldogs won the Class AA state wrestling title in Missoula. The Bulldogs rolled to their largest victory margin ever at the state finals. Butte High tallied 162 points to beat second-place Missoula Hellgate by 42 points. It was Butte High’s sixth straight wrestling crown. The Bulldogs placed ten of their twelve wrestlers into the final night of competition. The team was coached by Jim Street.
1985 Butte High girls’ golf team
The 1985 Butte High girls’ golf team won the Class AA state title at the Buffalo Hills Course in Kalispell. The Lady Bulldogs blazed to the title with a two-day score of 553. The mark shattered the Class AA record by nine strokes. Butte High beat second place Billings Senior by 21 shots. The team was coached by Ed Yeo.
Butte Champions of the Independent Football League
The Butte/Anaconda Independent Football League was in operation from 1913-1941. During that time, Butte clubs won the league title 22 times. The champions will all be honored as one group. The champions include Centerville 1913-23, Dublin Gulch 1924,32,33,38 Hub Addition 1925,27,29,32,36,40 and Englewood 1934 and 1941.
2013 Butte Sports Hall of Fame Voting Results
Name ballots points
Dick Roche 22 43
Wayne Paffhausen 25 41
Jack O’Billovich 14 34
Emmett Casey 17 33
Babe O’Farrell 15 31
Alan O’Leary 14 30
Gary Koprivica 12 28
Ray Gallant 8 18
Bob Given 7 15
Walt Lonner 8 13
Doug Edwards 6 13
Joe Simonich 7 13
Joe Devich 5 10
Don Williamson 5 10
Joe Zderick 5 9
Dane Kane 3 7
Buddy Phelps 5 6
Phil Yovetich 3 3
Bill Muffich 2 3
Bob Graham 0 0
Chuck Sicotte 0 0
Jim Michelotti 28 70
Hoot Gibson 24 50
Bob Rowling 21 40
Jim Scown 16 32
Ron Collins 16 30
Fritz Apostel 12 23
Rudy Tomazich 12 22
Fraser MacDonald 13 21
Huz Jensen 9 18
Bruce Sayler 9 16
TomTutty 7 15
Frank Quinn 5 11
Dan McCarthy 5 9
Troy Evans 4 6
George Huddleston 1 1